New Mexico First’s legislative platform comes from consensus‐driven town hall deliberations. The two‐day statewide town halls are typically comprised of 200 or more people representing urban, rural and tribal communities. Participants include students, parents, educators, nonprofit and business professionals, and government officials. New Mexico First is pleased to advance high priority legislation that is based on the 2018 higher ed town hall recommendations and the 2016 economy town hall recommendations. Additionally, New Mexico First supports legislation that is based on the Ag Plan. The plan was developed as the result of the Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture project that began in 2016 to address unprecedented challenges to the health of the industry. ..Read More
Multiple legislative efforts to establish an ethics commission in New Mexico have been attempted in recent years. Until this year, these efforts have failed. This week, an overwhelming majority of New Mexican voters (75%) decided to amend the constitution to create a state ethics commission. The commission will have the jurisdiction to investigate, adjudicate and issue advisory opinions concerning civil violations of laws governing ethics and standards of conduct. ..Read More
This week and the weeks before, many of you went to the polls and voted. ..Read More
KOB-TV and New Mexico First convened a series of nonpartisan citizen forums in Española, Roswell and Albuquerque to produce questions for the gubernatorial
debate on October 16. The candidates came together for a televised debate to answer those questions on various topics important to New Mexicans.
Candidates addressed questions about education, water, crime, behavioral health, immigration, infrastructure safety, marijuana legalization and economic
development. Click here to view all the questions developed at the town halls.
By Heather Balas, New Mexico First President and Executive Director ..Read More
Now that the 2017 Legislative Session has concluded, and as of Friday the Governor has completed her signing deadline, New Mexico First is pleased to announce that your voice for smart, bipartisan policy played an influential role in this year’s session. Our public policy organization promotes recommendations developed by citizens during our town halls and forums. This year, New Mexico First supported or informed legislative efforts on economy, ethics reform, water and education. ..Read More